In my mind, there is nothing more festive than ice skating. Maybe it’s because I grew up in New England where the ponds froze over and we used to trudge down the street with skates in tow at the tender age of 3. Or maybe it’s because I grew up in an ice skating family where hockey was the sport of choice and ice shows gained more attention than the Polar Express. Either way, there’s nothing that says festive fun more than bundling up and hitting up a local rink.
Of course, now that I live in the South, frozen ponds are a rarity so the next best thing is a manmade rink in the center of town – Ice on Main.
It’s truly a charming tradition in Greenville, with plenty of Christmas cheer to go around – although not much room to practice triple axels if you’re practicing for 2022 Winter Games. And if you are practice for the 2022 Winter Games, please introduce yourself, I’d love to talk tickets. 🙂
For six, maybe seven, years of my earlier life I was in figure skating lessons and competed throughout the Midwest in both solo skating and synchronized skating and although I left my skating career to head off to college, ice skating will always have a precious place in my heart.
Thankfully, my parents have always been the biggest supporters of my passions and I remember one snowy December in high school we flew to New York City (skates in tow) and I got to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams of skating at the most iconic ice rink in the world – Rockefeller Center.
And while Greenville is no New York City, there’s something magical about stepping out onto an outdoor rink under the watchful eye of beautiful Christmas trees and making frozen memories with loved ones.
If you’re heading into Greenville for the holidays and are looking for a family-friendly activity to do, Ice on Main is the place to go! If you’re not up to scooting around the ice, benches and couches line the rink and the hot chocolate flows freely. But if you’re willing to test the limits of your balance, it’s a lovely way to bond with siblings, friends, and other relatives.
As for proper skating attire, it’s “a come as you are” type of environment. Denim is usually the preferred covering for your lower half due to the potential for bruised knees and icy bottoms but if you’re feeling festive and brave, copy my look with a thick pair of leggings, jumper, turtleneck, and comfy socks.
I added my go-to coat for another layer and boots for walking the rest of merry Main Street.